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State lacrosse roundup (March 24): Johns Hopkins erases 7-goal hole to defeat Virginia, 15-13

From Sun staff reports

No. 9 Johns Hopkins rallied from a seven-goal deficit to beat No. 10 Virginia, 15-13, and claim the Doyle Smith Cup for a second year in a row Saturday.

The win marked the largest deficit that the Blue Jays (6-2) have ever overcome.

The host Cavaliers (7-3) built a 9-2 halftime advantage. Dox Aitken scored three of his game-high six goals in the first half for Virginia.

Hopkins regrouped and answered in the second half. Cole Williams ( Loyola Blakefield) scored the first two goals of a 6-0 Blue Jays' run that went from 13:52 to 2:55 left in the third quarter.

Aitken scored two more to push the Cavalier lead to 11-8, but Hunter Moreland started a 7-0 Hopkins run with 1:15 left in the third quarter and ended with 3:53 left in the game for a 15-11 Blue Jays' lead.

Virginia scored twice over the final 3:24. Kyle Marr had four goals and Williams had a hat trick for Hopkins.

No. 5 Denver 11, Towson 10, OT: Colin Rutan scored the game-winner with 1:46 left in overtime to lift the host Pioneers (6-2) over the Tigers (3-5).

Towson took control early and led 4-1 at the half. It wasn't until Denver went on a 6-0 run that spanned both the third and fourth quarters that they surged ahead. The Pioneers took their first lead on a Trevor Baptiste goal, 7-6, with 14:22 left in the game.

Towson trailed 10-8 before scoring two goals over the final 2:45 of regulation. Matt Sovero had the game-tying goal with 29 seconds.

No. 2 Maryland 11, No. 20 North Carolina 7: The Terps (7-1) built an early lead an held on against the Tar Heels (6-4) in the Pacific Coast Classic in Costa Mesa, Calif. Connor Kelly had four goals and Jared Bernhardt added three for Maryland, while William Perry and Chris Cloutier each scored twice for North Carolina.

Navy 10, No. 12 Lehigh 7: Ryan Kern made a career-high 18 saves and freshman Christian Daniel had two goals and three assists as the visiting Mids (5-4, 4-1 Patriot League) upset the Mountain Hawks (7-3, 4-1).

Navy is tied with Bucknell and Lehigh for first place in the Patriot League.

Michigan 9, UMBC 6: Steven Zichelli (Severna Park) recorded his first career hat trick, but the host Retrievers (2-6) fell to the Wolverines (7-2).

York 15, Salisbury 6: The host Spartans (8-1, 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference) went on a 12-3 run in the second half to beat the Sea Gulls (6-3, 0-1).

Women

No. 8 Loyola Maryland 18, Lehigh 5: Freshman Sam Fiedler (Garrison Forest) scored all of her game-high four goals during a 9-0 run to lead the host Greyhounds (6-2, 2-0 Patriot League) past the Mountain Hawks (6-4, 1-1).

Fiedler recorded her first collegiate hat trick. Hannah Powers had three goals and two assists for Loyola.

Navy 18, Bucknell 5: Julia Collins (River Hill) had a career-high 10 points on five goals and five assists to lead the visiting Mids (7-2, 2-0 Patriot) past the Bison (2-6, 1-1).

New Hampshire 11, UMBC 9: Sara Moeller had four goals, but the host Retrievers (7-3, 0-1 America East ) fell to the Wildcats (3-5, 1-0).

Mt. St. Mary's at Radford, canceled: The game between the visiting Mount (4-4) and the Highlanders (3-4) was canceled because of impending winter weather expected to hit the area.

Salisbury 8, York 5: Allie Hynson (Mount de Salese) had three goals to lead the host Sea Gulls (8-0, 1-0 CAC) past the Spartans (4-2, 0-1). Salisbury opened with a 4-0 run.

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